Burns are one of the most common workplace dangers. Employees who have suffered burn injuries should seek immediate medical care. In order to understand workplace burn-related injuries, it is important to understand that there are different types of burn injuries.
The three main types of injuries include:
- Thermal Burns
- These burns occur from open flames or other forms of direct heat sources.
- Examples of a direct heat source include a hot motor, a hot stove, hot liquids, industrial machinery, and steam.
- Electrical Burns
- Electrical burns occur from electrical currents.
- Examples of electrical burns include, but are not limited to arcs or sparks.
- Chemical Burns
- Chemical burns occur from corrosive and/or caustic workplace material.
- Examples of workplace materials that could cause chemical burns include, but are not limited to solvents and other cleaners.
If you or someone you know has just suffered a work-related burn injury, it is important to contact emergency medical attention immediately. Further, it is also important to let any workplace supervisor know of the injury. The following article will highlight other important methods of assistance for each of the three main types of burn injuries.
Thermal Burn Injuries
In the event of an open flame injury in which a worker’s clothes have caught fire, immediately attempt to extinguish the flames. Some of the known most productive methods of assistance involve:
- Initiating the stop, drop, and roll method;
- Extinguishing the flames using a fire extinguisher; or
- Extinguishing the flames using a blanket to smother the open flames.
It is important to understand that victim’s should be assisted so as long doing so does not cause harm to the person assisting. While assisting a victim is not necessarily the responsibility of another, thus, assisting is optional, the failure to assist can make a bystander liable for the severe injury or death of a victim. Every state will have its own rules and laws regarding helping people who are in danger. In the State of California, these are generally referred to as Good Samaritan Laws. If you would like to know about the laws concerning this in your region, speak to an experienced and qualified attorney.
Electrical Burn Injuries
If you or someone you know has suffered an electrical burn injury, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Electrical burn injuries will typically appear minor, as they often do not show up on the surface of the victim’s skin. Electrical burns will typically cause damage to a person through internal injuries. Further, victims who suffer electrical burn injuries are also more likely to suffer devastating falls as the jolt from the electricity can be strong enough to cause the victim to fall.
Electrical burn injuries can be highly dangerous. If it is possible, be sure to shut off the source of the electricity or power. Electrical burn injury victims may also require cardiopulmonary resuscitation, commonly referred to as CPR.
Chemical Burn Injuries
Once emergency medical services have been contacted, attempt to bandage the chemical burns on the victim’s skin. In some cases, and if possible, remove the victim’s clothing and/or jewelry. Chemical burn victims will likely suffer severe swelling and even the possibility of irritated or disfigured skin.
Attorney Justin H. King is a dedicated personal injury attorney who has helped many victims seek compensation for the injuries they sustained while at work. If you have suffered a workplace burn-related injury due to the negligence of an employer, seek the advice and support of a qualified personal injury attorney.